U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday morning to defend his decision not call China out over alleged currency manipulation and to also address Saturday's protests over not releasing his tax returns.
"Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem?" It's also hard to say what will happen if the USA renews its efforts to deploy missiles in South Korea that could intercept ICBMs.
Trump said the Chinese "are not currency manipulators", in a Wednesday interview with the Wall Street Journal, stepping back from past accusations that the Chinese are the "grand champions at manipulation of currency".
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North Korea has escalated its missile and nuclear test programs since Kim Jong Un became its leader in 2011, following the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, who ruled the country for seventeen years.
President Trump addresses the nation following the USA launching a military strike on a Syrian government target on April 6, 2017 in retaliation for their chemical weapons attack on civilians earlier in the week.
During the 2016 US election campaign, Trump repeatedly promised to declare China a currency manipulator.
A few days before Trump wrote that Pyongyang "is looking for trouble", adding that if Beijing helps, "it would be great".
Later in the week, the US Treasury Department did not label China a currency manipulator in its semi-annual report on global currency practices.
The comment on Twitter was the first from Trump since North Korea's latest missile launch.